DeKalb Peachtree Airport installs new aircraft stopping system

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System is first of its kind in Georgia

DeKalb Peachtree Airport has installed a new system to quickly stop planes in their tracks during emergency landings. The Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) is the first in Georgia. EMAS technology uses a series of crushable blocks to decelerate the speed of an aircraft during an emergency overrun.

The EMAS technology is placed 200 feet off the end of a runway to prevent an aircraft from running off the runway.

EMAS is used in cases where there is limited land, such as PDK’s 6,100-foot primary runway for corporate tenants. The EMAS technology was designed and implemented to improve safety for flights using this runway.

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